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Experience The Okavango Delta!

Experience The Okavango Delta!

With direct flights from Cape Town to Maun daily it has become a lot easier to combine these 2 magnificent and contrasting destinations.

On arrival at Maun International Airport, we disembarked the aircraft proceeded through immigrations and moved straight onto our charter flight to Camp Okavango. We travelled in a caravan into the Delta and it took approximately 15 minutes. The scenery from the air was magnificent; you really got a true perspective of how flat Botswana is as well as the vastness of the Delta.

On arrival at the airstrip we were met by the lodge management team and our luggage was tagged and taken directly to our tents whilst we departed on our mokoro evening safari. Traditionally, a mokoro is made out of a tree trunk from either an Ebony or Kigelia Tree however as these woods rot very quickly the decision was made to use fibreglass canoes instead.  The joy of being in a mokoro is that you glide through the water silently and leave no trace of your presence as you move on. Once back on dry land (which can be quite challenging to find in the Okavango Delta) we were met by a table laid out with drinks & snacks as we watched the setting sun.

Due to all the water, no vehicle activities are offered high up in the Okavango Delta. On our second day we enjoyed a walking safari on one of the small islands. This is a unique and mind blowing experience! Our guide was very experienced and knew exactly what to do and how to read the animals behaviour. Although the Delta is a Big Five destination, they are often hard to spot as they move from  island to island quickly (so as to avoid being eaten by the huge crocodiles). I highly recommend enjoying a walking safari as it gives you a different perspective on animals and the environment in which they live.

On departure we travelled onboard a caravan down to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Leroo La Tau for a completely contrasting experience. Flying time here was about 1hr 15min. The Boteti River runs in front of the lodge and has only recently started to flow again and as such has changed the ecosystem around the river. Not only is there excellent bird life but the park is home to the largest migration of zebra and wildebeest after the Serengeti. From the lodge you can do either a river cruise or a land based game viewing experience. For a 3 night stay a trip to the Nxai Pans is highly recommended and a wonderful experience. As it is a full day excursion, we unfortunately did not make it to the pans.

I wish I’d had more time at this lodge; from the magnificent view from your room to the hide; this is a great lodge at which to relax and just take in the desert like surroundings.

Onward to the Moremi National Park and Camp Moremi. Due to the size of the landing strip we had to fly in a Cessna which is a 5 seater aircraft. For landing strip safety regulations this aircraft is never full; they put a maximum of 3 passengers in this aircraft. The Moremi National Park offers guests a choice of either land or water based game viewing. We selected land based as we had spent a lot of time on the water. The vegetation is once again vastly different from the Makgadikgadi area; being made up of more dense bush and trees. We were fortunate to spend time following a young leopard (he was about 2 years old) and was learning to hunt. Unfortunately he was unsuccessful but it was  a pleasure to watch this big cat learning the skill that will keep him alive.

The accommodation was wonderful and after dinner we spent time on our deck watching a large hippo in the grass. A perfect ending to a wonderful Delta experience!

To experience the Okavango Delta for yourself, contact the Southern Africa Travel team today!

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